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(Fark)   Does anyone have network punch down suggestions? This should not be as freaking frustrating as it is, and subby would truly appreciate suggestions (Tag is for me so far)   ( divider line
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2022-07-05 4:12:54 PM  
8 votes:
Even if those network nerds deserve it, don't punch down. Always punch up, it's just better comedy.
2022-07-05 3:40:08 PM  
3 votes:
I assume you're referring to wiring terminations and not troll smacking?

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110 Block.

As old school as it gets, but still works for Cat 6 terminations.

/lawn, please remove yourself from it.
2022-07-05 9:07:17 PM  
3 votes:
I'm looking forward to your next cabling thread after the job goes fiber instead of copper.

Don't ask me about thick net, that was ugly.
2022-07-05 4:13:30 PM  
2 votes:
I'm not as fluent in Geek as I once was.  Can someone translate this to English?
2022-07-05 4:19:43 PM  
2 votes:
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/it's a tarp!
2022-07-05 7:06:25 PM  
2 votes:

Mikey1969: #1. How do I actually get these cables and wires into the sockets on the patch panel.

The 110 punch tool does all the work.  It has a springy snapping action that forces the wire down between two metal tabs, causing the insulation to be cut, making contact.  One side of the punch tool has a sharp side which clips off the excess as you complete the punch cycle.  Usually two or three punches are all it takes to terminate a single wire.

Mikey1969: #2. I have a tester, a Fluke MicroMapper.

That's used to validate that the wiring as installed matches the Cat 6 Ethernet standard.  It'll show if the RX and TX pairs are correctly pinned out to prevent crosstalk between the pairs, etc.  Generally it's used to trace an existing jack back to a patch panel, and then test the wiring to make sure it'll work with an Ethernet device. 

Just google the wiring connections for Cat 6 or Cat 5e depending on what you're doing, follow the color pairs, and you should be good to go.

Good luck.  We're all counting on you.
2022-07-06 4:11:22 AM  
2 votes:
i love it when you talk technical up in here. gets me nipples hard.
2022-07-05 7:30:28 PM  
1 vote:

Mikey1969: OK, so subby here... I don't do this kind of network stuff but once every 2-3 years, and I'd love personal tips and tricks on the punchdown and testing.

#1. How do I actually get these cables and wires into the sockets on the patch panel. Yes, I have big hands, but not Andre the Giant hands. It's an exiting run, so I'm working with stuff in the way, but it can't be THIS hard, or we'd only have dainty little 16 year old Asian girls do it. So anyone have tips on where to start? (One end or the other, start in the middle, start on each end and work to the middle, etc), and how I keep the wires in the little socket while I am reaching down to get the punchdown tool. So yeah, tips on how to keep them in place, how I could possibly set it up so I reach everything (It would be great if I could just take the whole thing apart like up top, but that won't work.). Like I said, I can't be the only one with these issues, so I have to be doing somethign wrong.

#2. I have a tester, a Fluke MicroMapper. It's nice, but I have no idea what the lights actually mean. The ones that identify the wire pairs, that is. At the moment, if there's a fault, I rewire everything all over again because my wires are colored, not numbered. :-) I just don't know what it actually means when it says, for example, that I have a problem with wires 1-2 or 3-6, and so on. I know different tools are different, but I'm not finding a good summary of the basics of these. Once again, any help here would be greatly appreciated. I already threw my punchdown tool across the server room in frustration. :-)
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Thanks guys, and if I was unclear, please let me know. It's been a long week today, so I may have glossed over something.

I did this kind of work as a telecom infrastructure specialist for a few years before moving on to networking (ie switches and routers).  On the patch panel, if it's a preassembled one like this, cut yourself plenty of slack on the exposed wires under the outer jacket.  If there's a dividing + inside the cable, cut it as close to the jacket-end as possible, and cut the peel string at this point too.

Start with the two pairs in the center of the line of four pairs, do a sort of rotation/wiggle thing to make a gap to shove around the protruding blade (each pair has a point that sticks out in the divider) and push on far enough to just lightly hold, as close to where the jacket is trimmed as you can, as little exposed wire as possible.  Once the inner two pairs are done, (2nd pair WH-GR and 3rd pair WH-OR on a T568-B color pattern) do the outer two pairs (1st par WH-BL and 4th pair WH-BR) in the same fashion, but don't untwist closer to the jacket-end than you need.  If there's two or three twists before the 110-block that's fine on these outer two.

When you lay the wires into the block, lay the jacketed part towards the center.  So port 1 would be from below, port 2 would be from above, etc.  Pin 1 on a four-pair cable that's a white binder group is white-blue, then solid blue is twisted with it, etc.

Once they're all laid in, make sure your cutting bit is oriented properly (ie don't cut the cable off and leave just the trimmings on the panel!  Ask me how I know!) and punch them down, angling so that you're sure that the cut-side contacts the block to ensure a good trim.

Some really skilled techs can lay-out many data drops and then punch them all in succession, but I never really did that myself.

If you're going to put on jacket labels (highly recommended) do it at least 6" from the jacket-end so that if you later have to repunch after trimming the cable down, you're not screwed.  Also if you can, leave yourself a service-loop/drip-loop so that if water ever wicks in on the cables it drips off to the floor, rather than into the patch panel to corrode it.  (again ask me how I know!)

For what it's worth, both ends should match.  If you punch T568B at the patch panel, punch T568B on the work area outlet (ie the jack).  Don't flip A/B unless you like making crossover cables.

As for punch tools, I like Klein for a non-impact tool (they have screwdriver/punch combo that's great) and Harris/Fluke 814 or 914 for an impact tool.

Good luck, we're all counting on you.
2022-07-06 4:29:06 AM  
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sinko swimo: i love it when you talk technical up in here. gets me nipples hard.

How you doin'?

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